Day: August 6, 2022
US House speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that China will not isolate Taiwan by preventing US officials from travelling there. Pelosi, the first House speaker to visit Taiwan in 25 years, said Wednesday in Taipei that the US commitment to democracy in the self-governing island and elsewhere “remains ironclad”.
The giant Mall of America complex in the midwestern state of Minnesota went into lockdown Thursday afternoon in what police described as an “active incident.” Police in the city of Bloomington described the event as “an isolated incident,” saying the suspect had fled the sprawling mall, which has more than 500 stores, on foot.
“Not true. Tesla is 5 mins from Austin International airport. It would be silly to build another private airport, however, the existing commercial airport needs another runway, as Austin is growing fast!” Musk wrote.
An out-of-tune Bangladeshi singer with a huge internet following was hauled in by police at dawn and told to cease his painful renditions of classical songs, sparking a furore on social media. “Hero” Alom, as he styles himself, has amassed nearly two million Facebook followers and almost 1.5 million on YouTube with his unique crooning style and arresting, raunchy videos.
“The Chinese government is not pleased that our friendship with Taiwan is a strong one,” Nancy Pelosi said. “It is bipartisan in the House and in the Senate, overwhelming support for peace and the status quo in Taiwan.” China has condemned Pelosi’s trip, which took the delegation to Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea as well as Taiwan and Japan.
East Africa’s wealthiest country is holding elections on Aug. 9. A tight race between the two leading presidential candidates – veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto – has thrust a spotlight on Wajackoyah’s small but committed band of followers, who could force a run-off if neither side gets more than 50% of the vote.
Taipei’s military said Chinese fighter jets and ships crossed the median line that runs down the Taiwan Strait on Friday, calling Beijing’s latest military drills “highly provocative”. “This Chinese military exercise, whether it be the launch of ballistic missiles or the deliberate crossing of the median line of the strait, is a highly provocative act,” the defence ministry said in a statement.